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Arsenio Hall’s Return to Late Night Scores Big Ratings

Can one of TV's most underrated talk show hosts really stage a comeback after twenty years?

by
Kathy Shaidle

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September 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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I’m a genetically programmed contrarian, right down to my pop culture tastes (as regular readers know).

As I’ve written here before, my preference for the “corny, uncool butt-kisser” unabashedly enthusiastic Arsenio Hall over slimy late-night lounge lizard David Letterman marked me as a Gen-X pariah for a very long time.

Sure, Hall probably helped Bill Clinton win the White House, after letting the candidate “play” the sax on his show.

But I admired Hall’s insistence on carrying on with his Los Angeles-based show during the Rodney King riots, and trying to be a peacemaker; it’s a night people still talk about.

Then there was the time obnoxious “Queer Nation” activists tried to hijack his program and he literally got up in their faces, unscripted.

It’s an amazingly timely clip that more of today’s cowardly, politically correct comedians should study closely:

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Arsenio ... he O.K.
Go for it.
44 weeks ago
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I've always found him annoyingly insincere, and while conducting interviews his manner indicates he couldn't care less about the answers to his questions, he's just waiting (and sometimes not) to pose the next question.

Oh yeah... and Arsenio is starting to look like the mid-point of the climatic Nazi melt-down sequence at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Somebody give that man a box of Krispy Kremes.
44 weeks ago
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I had a liberal wannabee-hipster friend who came into the office once circa 1988 and walked around with his finger in the air. He seemed shocked that I didn't know he was pretending to be Arsenio Hall. I don't think I ever even watched his show.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Never liked his show. I just don't find him entertaining.
He looks ill, by the way.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Does he look ill or simply older? I cannot quite decide.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
He will come out of the closet as being gay when his ratings start to decline. Lots of rumors among basketball junkies back in the day when he ran around with Magic Johnson and Eddie Murphy.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Arsenio Hall won Celebrity Apprentice over Clay Aiken? See, he really does hate gays! Queer Nation rock on!

/sarc
44 weeks ago
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Given how popular Jay Leno's show has become lately maybe somebody realizes the value of someone who wont butt kiss the more extreme far left PC crowd?
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